Fans of the more touring- and adventure-ready GS models will be pleased, as BMW isn’t making us wait for the Adventure versions of the new F 850 GS and R 1250 GS. It would appear that both will be released as 2019 models.
We don’t have many details about the R 1250 GS Adventure at this early stage, except that it’s powered by the same newly revised 1,254cc boxer engine with ShiftCam technology as that used across the rest of the R 1250 range.
The 1250 GSA also comes with Automatic Stability Control (ASC), ABS and two riding modes as standard, with the optional Riding Modes Pro adding Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro modes. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro (cornering ABS), “Next Generation” Dynamic ESA and Dynamic Brake Control are all options as well.
It now features a standard LED headlight (an LED Daytime Running Light, or DRL, is optional) as well as a 6.5-inch full-color TFT display. There are four color options, but pricing, availability and other details are TBD.
We’ve got a bit more info on the F 850 GS Adventure, which is powered by the new 853cc parallel-twin used in the standard F 850 GS. Like its 1250 GSA big brother, two riding modes, ASC and ABS are all standard, with Riding Modes Pro, ABS Pro, DTC and Dynamic ESA all optional. It also gets the 6.5-inch TFT display and an LED headlight as standard (with optional DRL).
Changes from the standard GS include a more robust electrical system, a larger 6-gallon gas tank (compared to 4 gallons on the GS), a larger windscreen that’s adjustable in two positions, hand guards, wide enduro footpegs, adjustable foot brake and shift levers, engine protection bars and a steel luggage rack.
The F 850 GS Adventure will come in one base color and two style variants, with more details, pricing and availability TBD.